'I Just Think it All Comes Down to How the Girl Behaves as to How She is Treated': Sexual Harassment 'Survival' Behaviours and Workplace Thinking in Rural Australia

in Patricia Easteal (ed.), Justice Connections (2013, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK)

23 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2013

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Skye Sanders

Australian National University (ANU)

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

We explore the way that rural women and employers perceive and react to harassing behaviour in their isolated workplaces including: their thoughts on the reactions/responses of women in the workplace to harassing behaviours ('She just keeps asking for it' ); their feelings of responsibility ('Saying "no" makes me feel guilty'); their minimizing ('If you make a fuss you are just a big idiot'); and their denial. We find that there are some differences in 'survival' behaviours and workplace thinking depending upon the occupation, degree of rurality and gender ratios of the workplace but the most concerning difference is that between employers and employees and conclude that there is a need to educate management and workers.

Keywords: Sexual Harassment, Rural Workplaces, Survival Mechanisms, Community Denial

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Sanders, Skye and Easteal, Patricia L., 'I Just Think it All Comes Down to How the Girl Behaves as to How She is Treated': Sexual Harassment 'Survival' Behaviours and Workplace Thinking in Rural Australia (2013). in Patricia Easteal (ed.), Justice Connections (2013, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2295349

Skye Sanders

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

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